Monday, May 18, 2009

Dr. Thomas Hynes Officially Joins Clayton State as Interim President

Dr. Thomas J. (Tim) Hynes Jr., officially began his tenure as the interim president of Clayton State University today.

“Colleagues: I am honored to have this chance to join the Clayton State University community,” says Hynes of his appointment.

Hynes held his position as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of Mass Communications at the University of West Georgia (UWG) for all but two years since 1996. On two occasions, during the 1999/2000 and 2006/2007 academic years, Hynes served as acting president of UWG when President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna was called to the University System Office to serve as acting senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

University System of Georgia Chief Academic Officer Dr. Susan Herbst commented upon announcing Hynes’ appointment this past January, “We are extremely fortunate to be able to call on Dr. Hynes’ strong leadership skills during this transition. Clayton State University has a great deal of momentum going for it, and I am confident that the institution will be in excellent hands under Dr. Hynes.”

Hynes previously served as interim dean of the University of Louisville from 1990 to 1996. Before that, he was associate dean of the university from 1988 to 1990 and had been a member of the University of Louisville faculty since 1978. Prior to that, he taught at Baylor University, the University of Massachusetts (UM) and the University of North Carolina (UNC). During his tenure at UWG, he has taught at least one course each year at the undergraduate level.

Hynes was a member of the Board of Regents Advisory Committee that developed the 1998 Regents’ Principles for the Preparation of Teachers. Still in use today, these principles guarantee the quality of all teachers prepared by the University System of Georgia.

Hynes holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Communications Studies from UM and a Master of Arts degree in speech from UNC. In 2005, he earned a certificate of participation in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management, and in 2003, he participated in the American Institute for Managing Diversity’s Diversity Leadership Academy.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding, comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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